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Mikhail Shereshevsky
Number of games in database: 21
Years covered: 1967 to 1985
Last FIDE rating: 2475
Overall record: +5 -11 =5 (35.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-22-1950, 70 years old) Belarus

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Mikhail Izrailevich Shereshevsky was born in Minsk and is an International Master. Since 1990 he has been living in Bulgaria.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Oim vs M Shereshevsky 0-1331967USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
2. V Mikenas vs M Shereshevsky  1-0421969Ch URS URSE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
3. M Shereshevsky vs Vasiukov  1-0461973URS Army ttE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
4. M Shereshevsky vs Alburt  ½-½501974Cup URSA59 Benko Gambit
5. M Shereshevsky vs Alburt  0-1351974Cup URSA57 Benko Gambit
6. Alburt vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½591974Cup URSA04 Reti Opening
7. Alburt vs M Shereshevsky  1-0401974Cup URSA16 English
8. Bagirov vs M Shereshevsky  1-0281975BakuA57 Benko Gambit
9. M Shereshevsky vs Kupreichik 0-1191976BLR-chD05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. M Shereshevsky vs Y Gusev 1-0131977Soviet UnionA43 Old Benoni
11. M Shereshevsky vs Yurtaev  1-033197846th URS-ch selectionA43 Old Benoni
12. Kupreichik vs M Shereshevsky  1-0351978MinskC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. M Shereshevsky vs Kasparov 0-13219788th Sokolsky MemorialA48 King's Indian
14. M Shereshevsky vs Bronstein  ½-½54197914th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2D00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. G Zaichik vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½21197914th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2C28 Vienna Game
16. Gipslis vs M Shereshevsky 1-0281981USSRC11 French
17. Chekhov vs M Shereshevsky  1-0401981Sokolsky memE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. M Shereshevsky vs Lutikov  0-1461981Sokolsky memA43 Old Benoni
19. Yurtaev vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½511983URS-ch sfB89 Sicilian
20. O Chernikov vs M Shereshevsky  1-0631983BLR-chD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
21. Smirin vs M Shereshevsky 0-1521985Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
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Oct-28-05  Isolani: An excellent book to acquire, if you can find it, is Endgame Strategy written by Mr. Shereshevski himself. Do not confuse this book with other classics such as Basic Chess Endings or A Guide to Chess Endings however. This book goes over the "principles" of strategy and tactics in the endgame as opposed to the R+P vs. R, general pawn endings or basic mate patterns, for example, that you would find in the two that I just listed. In other words it explains what to do in the very late middlegame/early endgame stage of the game.
Jun-25-09  Petrosianic: I always thought Shereshevsky was Sammy's wife.
Jun-25-09  Jim Bartle: Sammy married Cher?
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  whiteshark: <Petrosianic: <I always thought Shereshevsky was Sammy's wife.>>



Aug-30-10  jakaiden: Don't forget Mastering the Endgame 1 & 2. 1 - is 1.e4 openings, 2 - is 1.d4 openings. Also excellent books 2 acquire.
Oct-17-10  VladimirOo: What about Soviet Chess Conveyor?
Apr-22-13  thomastonk: I bought his book, when it was quite difficult to find a copy. And I was not too impressed. A funny collection, that's all.

Happy birthday!

Apr-22-13  JimNorCal: <thomastonk> Really? I thought the Engame Strategy book noted by <isolani> to be quite useful and unique in its coverage, although having a perhaps misleading title.
Apr-23-13  thomastonk: <JimNorCal: Really?> Yes, but now I don't like the word "funny" anymore. ;-)

I would say it depends all on the expectations: when I bought it, I thought it is a must read to get to the next level. But I had read lots of commented games, middlegames and endgames. I cannot remember any principle (as he calls them) that I learned from that book. Centralization of the king, "don't rush", the principle of two weaknesses and so on, I had heard this all before. It's not a bad book at all, even today.

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  whiteshark: The <Soviet Chess Conveyor>


Autour's preface 1
What would you start with? 4
Choosing your opening repertoire 5
The Tchigorin defence 29
The Budapest gambit 30
The queen's gambit 37
The queen's gambit accepted 89
The slav defence 100
The nimzo-indian defence 108
The king's indian defence 149
Openings arising after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c5 c5 3.d5 179
The Gruenfeld defence 197
The opening repertoire for black 207
The Ruy Lopez 214
The scottish gambit 228
The french defence 232
Closed openings 251
"One-game openings" 264
Studying the classics 324
Advantage in time 377
Advantage in space 383
Studying the endgame 445
How to analyse and comment your own games 509

Numbers refer to the page number. The book is 530 pages.

Some discussion here:

Apr-23-13  thomastonk: <whiteshark> A different book, of course. I wonder which edition they discuss at chesspub. The 1994 edition at amazon has much less pages.

BTW, 6 pages on "Advantage in time" and 61 pages on "Advantage in space" (and zero pages about "Advantage in material")?!

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  whiteshark: <thomastonk> The above contents is referring to the e-book (pdf) version.
Apr-23-13  thomastonk: <whiteshark> Thanks. I saw some people talking about expensive hard copies and the cheap e-book, but do you know whether it is a new edition or the old one with some extra stuff appended? If the openings are still from 1994, then only the second part could be interesting (for me).
Apr-26-13  JimNorCal: <thomastonk>: "It's not a bad book at all, even today." Yes, I can see your points. At the time I read the book, I was familiar with opening manuals, endgame manuals and game collections. But I had not considered the concept of specifically studying the place where a game transitions from the middlegame to the endgame. The thought of extracting just that section, taking it out, turning it around, examining it from multiple angles...well, this had just never occurred to me. I guess I was a simple guy then. :) You're right, none of the principles are themselves so deep or original. But I still find value in considering this a major decision point, and of consciously working to acquire this critical set of decision making skills: do I try to resolve things here in the middlegame? Or, after careful consideration, do I choose to push into the endgame? The concept, the ideas are perhaps not earthshaking, but I feel that by taking this and making a book out of it, Shereshevsky forced me to slow down and contemplate its importance.
Apr-26-13  thomastonk: <JimNorCal> One should never underestimate the simple things, that's very true. One example that changed my way of thinking significantly even at an ripe old age is "keep the structure". I heard this maybe three years ago, and since then I am decidedly more careful with certain pawn moves.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mikhail Shereshevsky.
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  FSR: She-Reshevsky, my eye! He's actually a guy, and no relation to Samuel Reshevsky!
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  chancho: He condensed both books.
(Endgame Strategy and Soviet Chess Conveyor.)

Now it's called: <The Shereshevsky Method>

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